US: Do-it-yourself transcripts

An admissions change announced at Rutgers University last week is being called the "honour system" for college admissions (even if it's got too much verification to be a true honour system), writes Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed. Starting with those applying this fall for admission to all three Rutgers campuses, high schools will no longer be asked to submit applicants' transcripts. Instead, applicants will themselves enter all of their grades and high school courses in an online application form. An official transcript will eventually be reviewed for every applicant who is admitted and indicates a plan to enrol.

As New Jersey high schools learned of the change, the question everyone has been asking is: Will this lead to a new variety of grade inflation, as applicants (accidentally of course...) somehow transcribe themselves into honours students? Rutgers officials say that won't happen because the transcript checks of accepted applicants who plan to enroll will cover every single student. If you inflate your grades, your admission offer will be revoked -- period, Inside Higher Ed continues.
Full report on the Inside Higher Ed site